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The 10 fastest-growing jobs in South Carolina for 2019

South Carolina is, and has been since its founding, a state in change. We’re growing, we’re progressing, we’re constantly on the move, it seems, financially, industrially, technologically, and of course, in the work force.

Some jobs that were popular 50 or 60 years ago are unheard of these days. Jobs that will be popular in 50 or 60 years — we may not even be able to guess.

But today, what we can guess are which jobs are going to be the most beneficial in one year, or even a few. Because we’ve crunched the data, and we’ve come up with a list of the fastest growing jobs in South Carolina.

Here are the top 10 fastest growing jobs in South Carolina, and below, we’ll show you the top 100:

•  Home Health Aid
•  Nurse Practitioner
•  Computer Numerical Controller Machinist
•  Operations Analyst
•  Physical Therapist Assistant
•  Web Developer
•  Physician Assistant
•  Physical Therapist
•  Lineman
•  Industrial Mechanic

Okay, so really–this is pretty cool. Who would have thought, even 20 years ago, that home health aides and nurse practitioners would be so in demand? Not only does this mean we’re progressing in some important areas, but it also means you might just be able to snag yourself a more secure job.

We’ll get to the details of said jobs in a moment. First, here’s how we came up with this list.

How we determined the fastest-growing jobs in South Carolina in 2019

Every couple of years, each state’s Department of Labor works in conjunction with the Bureau of Labor Statistics to compile projections for job growth by occupation. The government last completed this research in 2014 with projections going out until 2024.

Because this is America and the government never makes it easy, we had to gather the data from all the states individually to develop a master database.

We then identified the occupations in South Carolina that are projected to have at least 1,000 workers in 2024 so that the jobs will still be relevant. This left us with data for 267 occupations in South Carolina.

Next, we ranked every occupation based on job growth in 2019, from 1 to 267.

At the end of the day, the data showed that home health aides will be the fastest growing job in South Carolina.

Why the fastest-growing jobs in South Carolina matter

Sure, it’s certainly interesting to see what sort of trends jobs will take over the next decade, because jobs are a great way to see what direction South Carolina is heading. But aside from being merely ‘interesting,’ it’s also good to note which jobs will be more secure, and more readily available now and in the coming years. If you’re looking for something that will last, take a look at this list. From home health aides to nurse practitioners, these jobs aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

For a list of the 100 fastest-growing jobs in South Carolina, including average wages and the number of jobs expected in each field in 2024, click here.

About the Author

Chris Kolmar is co-founder and vice president of marketing at Zippia.com. Chris holds a B.A. in Mathematical Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, and has worked as an analyst, research analyst, marketing director and senior marketing director in public policy, legal and real estate environments. In 2015, he founded HomeSnacks, which combines recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps, and dozens of other sources into bite-sized studies to help you understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country.

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